KCP&L Lineman Awarded in Competition

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Local linemen and apprentices competed and placed in international rodeo 
Bonner Springs, Kan. (Oct. 18, 2012) – On Saturday, Oct. 13, atop more than 200 utility poles, participants competed in the 29th Annual International Lineman’s Rodeo. More than 700 linemen and apprentices from around the world gathered at the Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kan. These competitors included lineman from Jamaica, Brazil, Canada and Great Britain. Again this year, KCP&L had several linemen teams and individual apprentices who competed and came out on top. 
“Every year KCP&L is proud to host this exciting event to showcase the work of our employees and others in our industry,” said Duane Anstaett, KCP&L vice president of Delivery. “However, we are especially proud of the 28 KCP&L participants, who represented our company and competed in events like the Hurtman Rescue and the Pole Climb.” 
Following the day-long competition, several of the KCP&L participants received top awards at the event: 

Dan White, Joe DeShazo and Rob Hinrichs – Lee’s Summit

  • 1st place for Journeyman Mystery Event 2, including fall protection 
  • 1st place for Overall Journeyman - IOU event and fall protection 
  • 3rd place for Overall Journeyman - Best of the best 

David Johnson (Midtown – Kansas City), Dan Malone (Lee’s Summit) and Brian Felix (Belton)

  • 1st place for Journeyman Mystery Event 1, including fall protection 
  • 2nd place Overall Journeyman - IOU event 
Since 1984, The International Lineman’s Rodeo has been a venue for utility linemen from around the world to gather and compete in various events that test the skills linemen use every day. This year, approximately 200 three-person linemen teams and approximately the same number of individual apprentices competed in the rodeo. The competitors’ skills were tested in a variety of events and scored on agility, speed, work quality and application of safety procedures.  
“One of the things that KCP&L enjoys most about hosting this is the opportunity to foster and build camaraderie among participants various companies while emphasizing safe work practices,” added Anstaett. 
Safety and demonstrating safe work practices is a critical component of The Lineman’s Rodeo. In addition to the competition, a two-day Safety & Training Conference was held to promote work safe practices across the industry. 
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